Josh and I tried talking to the kids on several occasions. We cajoled and pleaded and threatened. We read this awesome Berenstain Bears book about privelidge and responsibility. Nothing worked. The kids didn't seem to care.
We also stashed away the Wii bits where they can't be walked on (or played with). The kids were not happy. It has been a rough week.
Gavin has prayed for his toys to be safe in the shed every night and told God how much he misses them.
I have been surprised with the results. The kids do miss their toys, and hopefully we have made our point about the partnership of priveledges and responsibility. I have been surprised how many boys will play with dolls when that is the only toy available. However, this endeavor hasn't really cut down on the mess too much. We now find clothes and books and papers and silverware spread around the house (who knew kitchen utensils would be substitute play things). Aparently I have missed the mark when it comes to teaching my children to actually tidy up. I'll have to work on that.
As an added bonus, we decided to break Ellie of her Binky and move her from the crib to a bed this week (I wasn't really ready for that move, but Josh was determined so we compromised...we both have to win sometimes). Losing her Binky has been a cinch, which I did not expect because she was awfully attached. However, moving to a bed has been a nightmare.
|Don't let that cute smile fool you (she is a photo freak and LOVES having|
her picture taken), she turns into a banshee when left in her room behind the gate.
So now she screams at night.
|Ellie just couldn't stay awake until nap time after a full night of screaming. She is worn out.|
(Also, note the Wii game and books on the floor ready to be walked on...that is exactly what I am talking about).